Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life
The Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life (ISJL) promotes Judaism and Jewish heritage through innovative programs and shared resources. The ISJL delivers rabbinic services, an education program and cultural events to communities seeking new solutions, or where Jewish resources are limited. The ISJL also provides historic preservation and community engagement throughout the South.The ISJL began as a museum in 1986, formed as a response to an outcry from small-town southern Jews in need of a repository for artifacts, sacred objects, historical documents and stories. They remain committed to historic preservation, and ensuring that the stories and impact of the southern Jewish community will not be forgotten.In addition to preserving historical documents and artifacts, the ISJL works to provide Judaic services and cultural programs to Jewish communities across the South. Their work in community engagement, education, heritage and interpretation, history, programming and Rabbinic services covers thirteen states, including Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. ISJL is transformational, trans-denominational and committed to serving Jewish communities of all sizes.